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YOUR GUIDE TO UPCOMING SHOWS AT BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS

A Christmas Story, The Musical

iLuminate

Jim Brickman – A Joyful Christmas

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

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leg lamp, a pink bunny onesie and a boy who dreams of an official Red RyderÂŽ Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. This is A Christmas Story, The Musical, brought to vibrant life onstage by the musical minds behind La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen. Based on the classic 1983 film and nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this show is an eye-popping salute to holiday nostalgia. A Christmas Story, The Musical 2

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DEC. 4-9 OVENS AUDITORIUM 2700 INDEPENDENCE BLVD

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Produced by Marketing at Blumenthal Performing Arts Wendy Oglesby, vice president Mark Wallace, creative services & publications manager Brandon Carter, director of marketing and publicity

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NOV. 16-18 BOOTH PLAYHOUSE

AT BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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DESIGNER: Lindsey Burton WRITER/COORDINATOR: Kitty Janvrin

Clockwise from top left, Susannah Jones as Mother, Christopher Swan as The Old Man, Cal Alexander as Randy and Colton Maurer as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, The Musical, photo by by Gary Emord Netzley; iLuminate; The Hip Hop Nutcracker, photo by Tim Norris; and Jim Brickman, Share the Love.

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SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD HEATER OCT. 2 | BELK T Award-winning actor Bill Murray teams up with renowned cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez for a joint program of classic orchestrations and literature.

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Premier alternative orchestral ensemble Portland Cello Project tackles one of alt-rock’s most critically acclaimed albums in a unique and exquisite homage to Radiohead and genre-defying musicality. 4

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A reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music and E.T.A. Hoffman’s beloved holiday story, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary theatrical dream for the entire family. Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince travel back in time to 1980s Brooklyn under the spell of the mysterious Drosselmeyer to the fateful New Year’s Eve where her parents first met. A high-energy cast of dancers, DJ and violinist help create Maria-Clara’s enchanting world in this tale of love, community and the magic of a new year. SPECIAL GUEST MC: KURTIS BLOW, OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 1980 HIT SINGLE “THE BREAKS” hiphopnutcracker.com #hiphopnutcracker

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DEC. 26-29 KNIGHT THEATER

AT LEVINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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efore being featured in the Oscarwinning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom, she spent four decades singing background for hitmakers like the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. That eclectic background working in various genres formed Fischer’s unique ability to blend funk, rock and soul into moving vocal performances. Now the two-time Grammy Award-winner brings her powerhouse voice to the stage for an intimate evening of song.

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roducing a stripped-down sound that draws from R&B, gospel and jazz, Kandace Springs pays homage to her origins as a young artist at an old upright piano in her parents’ music-filled house. Her soulful jazz attracted the attention of pop-rock legend Prince, who invited her to play with his band for the 30th anniversary of “Purple Rain” and later mentored her for her debut album. With two albums under her belt, Springs fills the stage with refreshing vocals and an expressive connection to the piano.

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NOV. 2 STAGE DOOR THEATER

AT BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Who They Are: The innovative dance crew wears programmable suits that enhance each performer’s phenomenal dance moves with tailored lighting effects. Light and Dark: Creator Miral Kotb harnessed her love of dance and her affinity for software engineering to develop the crew’s customized wireless lighting costumes. The result is a mind-blowing blend of illuminated choreography and darkened illusions.

Who They Are: This group of classically-trained dancers from across the globe is based in New York and spearheaded by renowned choreographer Jessica Lang. Barrier-Breaking Ballet: Collaboration with some of the world’s top artists including architects, lighting designers and composers has produced the company’s repertoire of 25 female-driven compositions since 2011.

Where You’ve Seen Them: As finalists on America’s Got Talent in 2011, they were called “the best new act in America.”

Where You’ve Seen Her Work: Lang’s 100th ballet was commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and recently premiered at Lincoln Center. The JLD company has toured internationally in more than 200 cities.

SEPT. 26 | KNIGHT THEATER

NOV. 12 | KNIGHT THEATER

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Y o u e rself v a H c a i s l u little m a Christmas Warm up this winter with a merry array of concerts. From classic carols to contemporary sounds of the season, you can greet the holidays with music from some of your favorite artists.

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NOV. 28 • KNIGHT THEATER

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DEC. 13 • McGLOHON THEATER

DEC. 15 • OVENS AUDITORIUM

DEC. 16 • McGLOHON THEATER

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ALL SEVEN HARRY POTTER BOOKS IN SEVENTY HILARIOUS MINUTES!

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otted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience, A Parody by Dan and Jeff returns with more wand-erful wizardry. This fantastically funny show features your favorite characters, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous heaping of Hogwarts magic. Here’s the elusive elixir that makes the show a hit, selling out houses across the U.K., Australia, Singapore and North America.

POTTED POTTER’S MAGIC POTION 2 two-time Olivier Award nominees (writers/creators Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner) 2 magical comedic actors A heaping Howler of favorite (and family-friendly) jokes 1 real-life game of Quidditch

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NOV. 27-DEC. 2 McGLOHON THEATER AT SPIRIT SQUARE

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CE The funniest acts from around the corner and across the country are coming together for one hilarious weekend. If you’re expecting the jokes your dad cracks on every family trip, buckle up. We’ve compiled a guide of can’t-miss acts to help you navigate.

COMEDY TONIGHT: YOUR GUIDE TO THE QUEEN CITY COMEDY EXPERIENCE BRIAN REGAN | THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 | BELK THEATER

Regan’s reputation as a late night favorite and consistently strong performer has led him to a more than 30-year-long career in the funny business.

RANDY RAINBOW | FRIDAY, SEPT. 28 | McGLOHON THEATER

The viral sensation and master of parody is perhaps best known for his political satire and musical spoofs.

JANEANE GAROFALO | SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 | McGLOHON THEATER As a Hollywood favorite, she has starred in works like Wet Hot American Summer, Ratatouille, “24” and “The West Wing.”

JAY PHAROAH | SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 | McGLOHON THEATER

With an impressive array of impressions in his repertoire after six seasons on “Saturday Night Live,” Pharoah has become a formidable comedic force.

ROB SCHNEIDER | SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 | McGLOHON THEATER His character acting in some of the top comedies over the past two decades has led this “Saturday Night Live” alum to prominence as a household comedy name.

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Toad the Wet Sprocket with Special Guest Terra Lightfoot McGlohon Theater

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Tablao Flamenco Booth Playhouse

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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds Belk Theater Hamilton Belk Theater

iLuminate Knight Theater

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The Naked Magicians McGlohon Theater

Queen City Comedy Experience Sprit Square

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Lindsey Buckingham with Special Guest J.S. Ondara Knight Theater

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National Geographic Live! Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice McGlohon Theater

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Lisa Fischer McGlohon Theater An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen Knight Theater

NOVEMBER 2 Tablao Flamenco. | Photo by Daniel Coston

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Christopher Wayne & Mike Tyler of The Naked Magicians

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Kandace Springs Stage Door Theater Portland Cello Project Performing Radio Head’s OK Computer McGlohon Theater One Funny Mother Stage Door Theater Steep Canyon Rangers Knight Theater

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Jessica Lang Dance Knight Theater

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The David Cook Acoustic Tour McGlohon Theater

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One Man Star Wars Trilogy Booth Playhouse

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis Belk Theater Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff McGlohon Theater

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Michael McDonald, Season of Peace & Holiday Hits Knight Theater

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Kaki King presents “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” Booth Playhouse

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A Rockapella Christmas McGlohon Theater

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The Weepies McGlohon Theater

George Winston McGlohon Theater

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Michelle Wolf Knight Theater A Christmas Story, The Musical Ovens Auditorium

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Dave Barnes Presents A Very Merry Christmas with Special Guests McGlohon Theater

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Jim Brickman – A Joyful Christmas McGlohon Theater

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The Beach Boys – Reason for the Season Christmas Tour Ovens Auditorium

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker Knight Theater

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Rock of Ages Belk Theater

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1980s Hollywood. Dust off those records and fill in the lyrics below for your chance to attend opening night. Simply snap a photo of your answers and email it to marketing2@ncbpac.org using the subject line “Rock of Ages Lyrics.” You’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to opening night of Rock of Ages on Thursday, Dec. 27. You may also enter to win via mail. Remove this page with the lyrics completed, add your contact information and mail it to:

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Rock of Ages Enter to Win c/o Blumenthal Arts Marketing 345 N. College St. Charlotte, NC 28202

anna rock? Rock of Ages is back and celebrating its 10th anniversary tour. Featuring the music of hit bands like Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake among others, this show captures the essence of

Deadline for entries to be received is Nov. 23, 2018.

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I GUESS THERE IS NO ONE TO BLAME/ WE’RE LEAVING _____/ WILL THINGS EVER BE THE SAME.

DEC. 27-31 BELK THEATER

AT BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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DEC. 4-9, 2018 OVENS AUDITORIUM

JAN. 15-20, 2019 KNIGHT THEATER

AUG. 13-18, 2019 BELK THEATER

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DEC. 26-29, 2018 KNIGHT THEATER

SEPT. 10-29, 2019 BELK THEATER

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